Rue de Jean – French Cuisine in Charleston

G and I had to make a trip up to Charleston the other day to see about his Green Card. It expired this month, and although he reapplied way back in March, it seems that six months isn’t enough time for it to be processed. The employees in the immigration office are so rude and unpleasant. I feel so sorry for the people who have to deal with them.
We took advantage of being in Charleston and headed downtown to have lunch. I love walking around the city. There’s always something interesting to see.


I thought it would be fun to try a French Restaurant, and it turned out to be a great call. Rue de Jean is, appropriately, on John Street. There is patio dining in the alley, and it was such a beautiful day we decided to eat outside.


The menu had lots of typical French dishes – including quiche and salade Niçoise – but our waitress suggested the mussels. They were outstanding. Mine came in a fragrant garlic, white wine and basil broth and G’s came swimming in bacon and cream. We had frites on the side, and if I closed my eyes I felt like I could be sitting in a seaside restaurant on the Cote d’Azur. They were that good!

We’ll definitely be going back again.


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10 thoughts on “Rue de Jean – French Cuisine in Charleston

  1. nataliedeyoung

    *Sigh*, I miss French cuisine. There’s not much of it to be had in L.A…
    Looks gorgeous!


  2. This is a city I’ve always wanted to explore– thanks for letting me vicariously!


  3. YUMMY! I absolutely adore moules and the ones that you ate in Charleston sound perfect! They are not something that you find in Indonesia so I’m really looking forward to being able to cook them again when we are back in Europe.


  4. Sad to say with my Belgian-French heritage, I am not a fan of moules. Love the frite, keep the moules! Nonetheless, your experience has me adding Rue de Jean to my list of restaurants to try. Sounds utterly fab.


  5. Natalie & Julie, you should visit if you have the chance! Both Charleston and Savannah are beautiful and eclectic cities. Lottie, I had despaired of ever finding moules here in the States as good as the ones in the south of Europe, so I was overjoyed to get them in Charleston. Even better – the owners of Rue de Jean are planning to open a restaurant in Savannah – yippee!! Mouche, next chance you get to pop over to Charleston, we’ll meet you there. 🙂


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  7. Hi Jean – I’m afraid I don’t know any more than what our waitress told me, and that was that the owners were going to open up a restaurant here. The next time we are up in Charleston I’ll try to find out more.


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